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Antisymmetric Tensor

An antisymmetric tensor is defined as a Tensor for which

A^{mn} = -A^{nm}.
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Any Tensor can be written as a sum of Symmetric and antisymmetric parts as
A^{mn} = {\textstyle{1\over 2}}(A^{mn}+A^{nm})+{\textstyle{1\over 2}}(A^{mn}-A^{nm}).
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The antisymmetric part is sometimes denoted using the special notation
A^{[ab]} = {\textstyle{1\over 2}}(A^{ab}-A^{ba}).
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For a general Tensor,
A^{[a_1 \cdots a_n]} \equiv {1\over n!} \epsilon_{a_1 \cdots a_n} \sum_{\rm permutations} A^{a_1 \cdots a_n},
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where $\epsilon_{a_1 \cdots a_n}$ is the Levi-Civita Symbol, a.k.a. the Permutation Symbol.

See also Symmetric Tensor

© 1996-9 Eric W. Weisstein